Melbourne, Australia: A party, days before Christmas, turned to tragedy in the North Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne last night. Police have reported over 30 people were on the balcony when it collapsed.
A second woman has now died after Victoria Police have confirmed one woman have died at the scene and Ambulance Victoria (AV) tweeted that 18 people were transported to hospital.
The ‘mass casualty’ incident resulted in AV implementing procedure including dispatch non-emergency, private transport ambulances to the scene, including the Royal Flying Doctors Service, National Patient Transport and others.
Victoria Police dispatched a large number of officers to the scene – initially assisting with rescue and patient care, then traffic control, witness statements and investigations. It appeared that a local police unit was first on scene with South Warrandyte CFA and AV Paramedics.
Several CFA Brigades responded together with MFB crews from multiple metropolitan stations. The State Emergency Service responded with at least five vehicles and crews from surrounding areas.
Ambulance Victoria released this information early today:
Paramedics have treated and transported to hospital 18 people injured in a balcony collapse in Doncaster East last night.
Tragically, one person died after the structure gave way about 10.30pm.
State Health Commander Paul Holman said it was a chaotic scene that required a major emergency management response.
More than a dozen emergency and non-emergency ambulances were called to transport patients to multiple hospitals.
A woman aged in her 30s was taken by ambulance to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition.
A further 10 women and seven men, ranging in age from 20 to 69, sustained soft tissues injures, fractures and lacerations.
They were transported to Box Hill, Austin and Maroondah hospitals.
Paramedics also assessed about dozen people at the scene who did not require hospitalisation.
Mr Holman said more than 30 people were believed to have been on the balcony when it collapsed.
“This is a very tragic incident for those involved and our thoughts are with them and their loved ones at this time,” Mr Holman said.
Victoria Police have issued this statement:
A woman has died and 18 other people have been injured after a balcony collapsed in Doncaster East last night.
Emergency services were called to a house on Balinga Court about 10.30pm. It is believed more than 30 people were standing on the balcony when it collapsed.
A woman, who is yet to be formally identified, died at the scene. A woman aged in her 30s, received life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital. It is believed 17 other people were injured and taken to hospital.
Police are currently on scene investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.